It's summertime, and that means it's time to enjoy the great outdoors. If you're looking for a place to go camping- whether that's tent, RV or cabin camping, you're in luck. There are plenty of great options in and around Wichita!
El Dorado State Park, El Dorado, Kansas
El Dorado State Park offers a great camping experience in the Wichita area, featuring campgrounds, sleeper cabins and deluxe cabins, there are a variety of options available. El Dorado State Park highlights five small sleeper cabins, two deluxe cabins in the Bluestem Point area and three deluxe cabins in the Walnut River area (a total of five deluxe cabins.) Bluestem Point offers a pet friendly cabin, so you can bring your furry friends along. Cabins can be reserved by phone, online or in person. Reservations must be made by someone 18 or older, and someone over the age of 18 must be present in the cabin for the duration of occupancy.
El Dorado State Park charges a $14 reservation fee. Small cabins are $35 per night on weekdays and $45 per night on weekends. Deluxe Cabins are available for $100 per night during the week and $110 on weekends. A $50 fee will be required for pets.
El Dorado State Park highlights roughly 2,000 acres of park and 4,000 acres of wildlife and about 8,000 acres of water with 98 miles of shoreline. You'll find trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, as well as many other amenities at El Dorado State Park. For more details, or to make reservations online, click here.
Cheney State Park, Cheney, Kansas
Located just 17 miles west of Wichita, Cheney state park offers 200 utility camping sites and a variety of camping amenities. Featuring 222 electrical hook-up sites with water, more than 277 primitive campsites, and nine modern cabins, Cheney State Park has plenty of space and options for campers.
The park also highlights two marinas, six boat ramps, with 22 launching lanes, nine showerhouses, three natural trails, a variety of picnic and group shelters in varying sizes and more. Reservations can be made year-round. For rates, more information, or to make a reservation, click here.
Wellington KOA - Wellington, Kansas
Wellington KOA is just a 30 minute drive from Wichita, and it offers tent camping, RV camping, and cabin rentals. Featuring a variety of cabins including a wheelchair accessible cabin, Wellington KOA can accommodate your needs.
The area also highlights 34 full hook-up, pull through sites for all sizes of RVs. Kids can enjoy a nearby playground, and guests can also swim, play basketball and mine for gemstones at Wellington KOA. The campground is located near several other local attractions, so you won't have to go far for a round of golf, a trip to the Chisholm Trail or Panhandle Railroad Museum, or for a hot meal. Rates vary.
For more information, check out the website.
Lake Afton Park- Goddard, Kansas
You'll find both RV and tent campsites at Goddard's Lake Afton. This is likely the most common camping destination for Wichitans, as many people frequent the lake during the summer. The park features 720 acres of recreational area and 258 acres of lake. Lake Afton Park also features two playgrounds, three swimming areas, six shelters, three fishing docks, a boat ramp and even a park store!
The store offers live and packaged bait, supplies for camping, boating and swimming, fish tackle, snacks, firewood, grocery items, propane and more. The store is located in the park office and open from 8 .m. until 6 p.m. during the week and from 8 a.m. until 8p.m. on weekends.
Primitive camping permits are $8 per day, and electric hook-up permits are $12 per day. Weekly and monthly rates are also available, and senior discounts are given. Click here for more information.
Harvey County East Lake Park - Newton, Kansas
Harvey County East Lake Park features over 300 acres of lake space perfect for skiing, boating and fishing. The park also offers horse trails, nature trails and air conditioned and open shelters.
East Lake Park offers both electrical and primitive sites. Renters must be 21 years of age or older. Those camping on electrical sites will be required to pay electrical rates, even if they are not hooked up. Primitive camping can take place in any designated area, and may not take place in areas designated for electrical campsites, or within 100 feet of any shelter or permanent structure.
Open shelters are available daily on a first-come-first-served basis. Camping can take place in open shelters, but the shelter must be reserved for both the day before and after the intended overnight stay.
For more information and shelter reservations: call (316) 283-5420.
Hitchin' Post RV Park - Yoder, Kansas
Located about half an hour outside of Wichita, the small community of Yoder offers it's very own camping experience. The Yoder Hitchin' Post RV Park is within walking distance of anything in the city of Yoder. Just a short drive from both Wichita and Hutchinson, this site is conveniently located and features easy access to Highway 96. Only 12 miles from the Kansas State Fairgrounds, this is a great place to stay if you're attending the fair in the early fall. The Yoder Hitchin' Post has 20 full hook-ups, 10 of which are pull-throughs. Bathroom, laundry and shower facilities are available.
Rates are $25 per night, $150 per week, or $425 per month. To make reservations, call 620-727-2356 or send an email to email@example.com.
K & R RV Park - Southeast Wichita, Kansas
Located in southeast Wichita, This RV park is very close to the city while still offering a quiet camping experience. Whether you're looking for a quick overnight stay or an extended visit, you'll be welcomed with open arms at K & R RV Park. The park is near Spirit, Cessna and McConnell, and it's prime location near both I35 and the turnpike allow for quick access to downtown Wichita and more.
Rates are $30 per night for 30 AMPS and $35 per night for 50 AMPS. Weekly rates are $150 for 30 AMPS and $175 for 50 AMPS. Monthly rates are $265 plus a move-in deposit of $150.
For further information, call (316) 684-1531 or visit the website.
Kansas State Fairgrounds RV Park - Hutchinson, Kansas
The Kansas State Fairgrounds offer an RV Park of their own for camping. The park has 211 full service 50 amp hook-ups to offer. Located within a few blocks of shopping, restaurants, a water park and grocery stores, this RV Park is a lot of fun year-round, not just during the fair! The Kansas State Fairgrounds RV Park even offers wireless Internet connection for a small fee. The Park hosts several RV rallies throughout the year, so be sure to call and reserve your spot in advance.
Rates (Excluding the month of September) are $20 per night, $126 per week and $450 per month. Rates may vary based on events being held on the fairgrounds. For information about RV parking during the Kansas State Fair, click here.
Melody Acres RV Park - Hutchinson, Kansas
Also in Hutchinson, Kansas, Melody Acres RV Park has been a great RV camping destination for more than 40 years. This is quietly nestled in a wooded area, so you can enjoy a relaxing and peaceful camping experience while remaining close to the business district for convenient access to the restaurants and shops of downtown Hutchinson.
Melody Acres offers 33 hook-up sites (30 and 50 AMPS) and an additional 16 pull-through sites. Pets are welcome, and Melody Acres is located within walking distance of the Carey dog park, so bring your four-legged friends out for some fun!
For rates and information, call (620) 665-5048 or email MelodyAcresPark@gmail.com.
Winfield City Lake
Winfield City Lake offers primitive camping, electric hook-ups and camper pads, which are located on both sides of the lake. Pads feature electricity, water, and sewer. Tent camping is available anywhere in the area, offering the ultimate primitive camping experience.
Primitive camping is available for a daily fee of $3, camper pads are available with a permit for $12 per day, and electric pads are available with a permit for $12 per day. If you're camping with a chartered organization that will require 10 or units, a fee of $9 per day will include your recreational license and hook-up.
For more information, visit the website.
All Seasons RV Campground - Goddard, Kansas
All Seasons RV and Campground is located in Goddard, Kansas, just outside of Wichita's west side. This picturesque campground keeps you close to all the necessities- stores, attractions, restaurants and more, all while offering the traditional RV camping experience.
Perfect for an overnight stay or an extended visit, this park has 55 pull-throughs that are shaded and on level ground. Limited groceries, propane and laundry facilities are available. With no noisy highways or interstates nearby, this is a perfect place to getaway and relax. For details, or to make reservations, call (316) 722-1154.
Creature Campout at Sedgwick County Zoo
The Sedgwick County Zoo offers Creature Camp Outs on select Friday and Saturday nights during the summer. This is an event that allows guest to pitch a tent and spend the night at the zoo! It's a little more wild than the typical camping experience, featuring an animal encounter, a guided tour, dinner, activities and more. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 a.m. Guests should plan to attend the entire event as the fun continues with breakfast and a tram ride in the morning! Participants must be at least five years old, and those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $30 per person for members and $35 per person for non-members. Space is limited, so register now. Remaining dates are as follows:
- Saturday, June 25
- Friday, September 2
- Saturday, September 17
- Saturday, October 1